what does it MEAN????

I never realized the anxiety involved in getting your child’s report card. Now… imagine getting your child’s report card in French. That’s what I found yesterday after school tucked into the little notebook her teacher uses to communicate with me (and, to a lesser degree, vice versa).

Since getting this report card I’ve felt like crying… I’ve felt like yelling… and I’ve felt like telling all the well-meaning advice givers to keep it to themselves. Which wouldn’t be fair, as I posted my initial anxiety on facebook and had to know that it would be followed by people doling out advice.

When I first read the report card, I was instantly convinced it said that Kaitlyn had not accomplished a majority of what a kindergartner here is expected to accomplish. And I thought the teacher’s comment said that Kaitlyn is destined to flop miserably in CP. (first grade).

Then I bothered to translate the comment. And I realized it said that Kaitlyn is improving and that the language barriers are sure to fall next year and she’ll be a successful CP student. Whew. Thank goodness for Google translate!

Still… I was nagged by all the categories in which Kaitlyn’s mark was basically “in the process of learning” instead of “can do.” So after dinner, I showed the report card to Bill. He got a big smile and said he thinks she’s doing great.

Fine. So maybe I’m wrong.

I’m taking the report card to Kaitlyn’s private French teacher today. I want to get a French person’s interpretation of it.

One Response to “what does it MEAN????”

  1. D.A.D. says:

    Her dancing and cooking acumen are examples of the inner Kaitlyn bursting out. Maybe the quantifiable things on the report card, once translated by the teacher, will seem to back up these new ambitions. We all do better at things for which we have a passion.

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